The Israeli Municipality in Jerusalem announced, in a Thursday press release, that they plan to build 2,200 new constructions in East Jerusalem.The head of the municipality declared, according to the PNN, that “this project is intended to consolidate Israeli authority in East Jerusalem and maintain its unity.”

A member of municipality reportedly told France Press that building work would now commence in the neighborhood of Al-Swari, as a preliminary step. The full construction is to take place over the course of 8 years.

The municipality member added that there are now around 200,000 Israeli settlers living in occupied East Jerusalem, which Palestinians envision as a capital for their future state.

Furthermore, over 290,000 Palestinians also currently live in East Jerusalem, next to the settlers.

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